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Join us every other Friday at First Parish in Brookline for free musical performance and discussion. Audience members, soloists, and small ensembles, welcome!

We are a group of student and professional musicians who are happy to call Boston home. Our art is alive and well in this city, and for many of us, that's why we are here. Yet, amidst this well-established world, we feel there is a lack of space for classical musicians of all instruments to share their music with each other outside of a professional or educational setting. Our mission is to provide a social space for Boston’s classical music community in order to enable the flourishing of the camaraderie and interdependence that we believe are at the heart of the music we love.

To effect this mission, we, along with First Parish in Brookline (whose two wonderful pianos we are grateful to have access to), have organized a "community studio class" in which student and professional musicians are invited to get together and perform for their peers. Musicians interested in performing can sign up for one of our bimonthly gatherings online. With the permission of the performer, the floor will be opened for comments from others--bring along some extra copies of the score if you'd like!

To thank FPB for their generous gift of space and time, we would also like to organize periodical public recitals, and invite those who sign up for the studio class to consider volunteering for these performances as well. Thank you for checking out our website, and we hope to see you at the next gathering.

Who we are

Elias Dagher was born in Boston to a family of Lebanese immigrants. He now studies collaborative piano with Vivian Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory. He received his Master's degree in piano performance, also at NEC, in 2017 as a student Alexander Korsantia. Though the piano is central to his life, he also enjoys vegetables, dogs, and a sense of shifting spiritual studentship to various composers and poets; for now, he counts Chopin and Schubert among his greatest teachers.

As a pianist in Boston, Pierre-Nicolas Colombat has performed at various venues from the Lilypad in Somerville to NEC's Jordan Hall. He has taught piano courses at NEC and currently teaches at Boston University (where he studies with Pavel Nersessian in the DMA program) and Page Music Studios. Other musical activities include analytical writing, short creative essays that try to capture the listening experience, and a concert review podcast entitled "Eulogy Podcast", available on standard platforms.

Jingxuan Zhang’s musical journey started in Beijing, wound its way through Indiana and New York, and brought him to Boston. He did his undergrad at Columbia University and The Juilliard School, where he studied with Jerome Lowenthal; and received his Master’s from New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Alexander Korsantia.

Sasha Beresovsky is a graduate of Indiana University, studying most recently with the late Edmund Battersby. He regularly appears at The Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria as part of the Summer Chamber Music Series of WMPA, in 2015 presenting Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. In Sasha's Quincy life, the great spirits of the past meld at times almost seamlessly with those of his two roommates and dog Henry.

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